Play room for foster children dedicated at courthouse

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A special room was dedicated at the Craighead County Courthouse Friday afternoon.

It's their "Play 4A Day" room, designed specifically for foster children to play in during their court days.

The idea was formed by the 2017 Jonesboro Junior Auxiliary Provisional Class.

"When they came to court, once every three months, they're having to play in the hallway," Craighead County CASA Advocate Coordinator Angela Tate said about the foster children.

That is because Department of Human Services cases is held in a closed courtroom, meaning children, parents, lawyers, and advocates have to wait, sometimes for hours, for their case to be called.

Tate said the room has completely changed the atmosphere for those wait times.

"Not only are the kids entertained and in a quiet environment away from the courtroom situation, they may even get to have or this may be the only visit they get to have with their parents so this is a comfortable, homey place for them to have this interaction with them," Tate said.

On Friday, the room was dedicated in honor of Charlott Jones.

She is a Jonesboro resident, was a long-time volunteer for the Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, and the former President of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries.

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